The Apogee of Imbecility
The European ruling class likes to tell its subjects that the massive influx of migrants from the Middle East is harmless. These are people just Europeans, they say, but unlike the privileged people of the West, the migrants have have had the bd luck to be living in a war zone. We are morally obliged to accept as many of them as would like to come, because we can never say no to a refugee from anywhere, lest we be like the cold-hearted Christians who turned a blind eye to the Holocaust.
The narrative is wrong on many levels. Perhaps the most glaring error is the statement that the Muslim migrants are just like Europeans (and Americans). Of course it is true that we are all biologically human. We all have some moral compass. We use language to communicate. Does that mean we are one global family without meaningful differences? For the Euro-leftists, yes, that is exactly what it means.
By the start of 2016, the migrants’ behavior in Europe provided all the evidence we needed to point up the serious cultural differences between the Muslim world and the West. Starting with the rapes in Cologne on New Year's Eve, there has been a chain of sexual assaults in various cities throughout Europe, particularly Germany. Evidence has also been mounting that the migrant crisis will make it much easier for ISIS and other groups to follow up on the Paris attacks with similar terrorist atrocities. After the Cologne debacle, in which more than 520 women reported being sexually assaulted, a few of the other notable incidents across Europe have included the following:
- January 11 in Stockholm: At the annual “We are Stockholm” music festival, there were reports that gangs of refugees mostly from Afghanistan committed mass sexual assaults against girls as young as 11 or 12. This was followed by widespread accusations that Swedish police covered up the crimes.
- Week of January 15 to January 22 throughout Germany: There were a spate of sex attacks on children, both male and female, in swimming facilities across Germany. In particular, there was one very unpleasant incident of a pair of young girls in Munich being groped under their bathing suits and raped by a gang of “refugees” from Syria and Afghanistan. Perhaps this can be called diversity training for children, Afghan edition.
- January 22 in Zwickau, Saxony: “Migrants” visiting the Johannisbad baths defecated into the kid’s pool, invaded the girl’s changing room, released their reproductive liquids into the Jacuzzi, and sexually assaulted some bathers, which prompted the locals to flee the baths. Apparently the locals who fled the baths were generalizing about all migrants who came to that bath. Why would they play the percentages and not be more inclusive?
- February 9 in the rural German village of Sankt Johann: German authorities conducted a raid on refugee housing because of two suspects having possible ties to the Islamic State. They found a 32-year-old man who had fought in eastern Syria as a notorious Islamic State commander and was responsible for dozens of deaths. They discovered that he had left eastern Syria via Turkey to seek asylum in Germany.
These are only three out of many incidents that have occurred in Europe in the last 45-50 days. The two most obvious lessons would even be acknowledged by the Western media: Women and children across Europe are increasingly endangered by Muslim men, and terrorism is a serious threat in Europe. But those two issues, significant as they are, are only symptoms of a deeper problem. What we see from the pattern of migrant behavior is a profound disrespect for the non-Muslim host societies. The Muslim migrants do not apparently reciprocate the affection their European hosts have lavished upon them. Westerners are perceived by the migrants not merely as “different" but as religiously inferior and culturally hostile. So doing anything to them is regarded as fair game, especially in moments of frustration. Acting out the sexual depravity that is common in many Islamic societies is not just natural reaction for the migrants, it is viewed by other migrants as acceptable behavior.
Of course, many leftists will counter that these are merely "isolated incidents” that cannot be converted into a general pattern. In fact, one of the trademarks of leftist thought is a contempt for what they call “stereotypes." Any major corporation in America teaches its employees that stereotyping violates the company's corporate values. You might just come across an Italian who loves curry, or an Indian who loves lasagna. You just never know, so you'd better throw the mathematical concept of probability out the window. One exception invalidates the rule and makes the pattern null and void.
Leftists hate stereotypes, because they inevitably imply that human beings are different, not just as individuals but as groups. Stereotypes are rooted in empirically verifiable patterns of human culture and behavior. They are mathematically-based generalizations that are the product of observation. You see a group of people and you see most of them partaking in a certain activity or sharing certain beliefs. You walk away and assume that people from that group typically conform to those norms.
As you grow older and wiser, you realize that you should be temperate in making assumptions when you interact with different people, because exceptions do occur. But they are exceptions nonetheless, and you still understand that the patterns are real. You may come across a Polish vegetarian, but 90% of the Poles you encounter love their pigs-in-a-blanket when Easter comes around. That is how mature, civilized people approach the differences in human culture. You recognize the differences, you accept the differences, and you employ humor and goodwill in dealing with them.
Leftists, on the other hand, are enraged by any suggestion that human groups (especially the groups they favor) display peculiar patterns of behavior. This is because acknowledging the patterns would lead to a negative assessment of their favorite groups. They have to bark that "Not all Islamic countries are fundamentalist like Saudi Arabia! Not all Muslim migrants are rapists! Not all Muslims are like ISIS or al-Qaeda!" And what they are trying to say is that any generalization which would make Islam or Muslims sound deficient in a comparison is, prima facie, false. In taking this stand, they are asking for critical analysis to be suppressed and, ultimately, for the suspension of rationality to justify their prejudices. Wait a minute - isn't that bigoted? Inquiring minds want to know.....
The small list above is bound to grow larger and more disturbing in the months and years ahead. It will be well-deserved for the European ruling class. Perhaps after the next Paris's and Cologne's happen, European leaders like Ms. Merkel can replicate our community organizer-in-chief's speech at the Baltimore mosque in saying to Muslim immigrants what they just don't hear enough: "thank you".